“Should we use a group of products from a single vendor or purchase different features from multiple specialized vendors?”

This question, otherwise known as “suites versus best-of-breed”, is one of the oldest and most important that IT decision makers have to answer. But is the question still valid? Suites are no longer proprietary offerings with long development cycles, but rather open and extensible platforms which are frequently updated. Best-of-breed vendors can still fill niche gaps, but their unique features can quickly be commoditized. Thus, a more accurate question would now be “which platform should we be looking at, and are there niche products that we should integrate into it?”

The purpose of this report is to show how collaboration platforms provide a more seamless and secure user experience, while reducing costs and administrative complexities from piecing together multiple tools. This report covers two important topics:

  • How vendors are releasing software in much shorter cycles than before
  • The advantages of platforms over best-of-breed solutions

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The following video provides a brief overview of the report.

Here is the Table of Contents:

  • How the Innovation Life Cycle Hastens the Shift from Differentiation to Commoditization.
  • Evolution of the Employee Collaboration Portfolio.
  • Silos of Collaboration Hinder Ability to Effectively Get Work Done.
  • Why Collaboration Platforms Trump Standalone Solutions.
  • When Standalone Products Make Sense.
  • Capturing the Best of Both Worlds.
  • Vendors Approach Collaboration Platforms from Different Angles.
  • Conclusion: Preparing for the Next Wave of Innovation.

I look forward to your feedback.

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